Manchester United need a big summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply has to be given money to spend.
There’s probably too much work to do in one transfer window, but I guess the Baby Faced Assassin has to start somewhere. For me, the biggest area of need is the defence.
The team conceded so many cheap goals over the last twelve months and it all starts by signing a top-level centre-half who can take command and bark orders at his teammates.
It seems as though Teddy Sheringham echoes that view, as in the aftermath of the United legends game that took place this weekend, the former striker has urged the Reds to make their move for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
The 26-year-old has been super for The Foxes since moving from Hull City a couple of years ago.
“Well, I think Real Madrid are going to be in the same boat as Manchester United this summer, so you’ve got to beat them to sign the top players that are out there,” Sheringham is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“Central defence is a big area where they need to find a Vincent Kompany or Tony Adams-type player.
“I really believe they should go back to the British mentality. The core of any good, British team, comes from British players, as I see it. Over the last 20 or 30 years, if a British team does well in the league or in Europe, there’s always a core of British players involved.
“OK, Manchester City do go away from that trend, but in general they are players with a British mentality who understand what it takes to win. You only have to look at the past success of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, to see that core of British players.
“I think Harry Maguire is the one for me. He’s got great leadership qualities, and has a real calming influence. He’s very similar to Rio Ferdinand, in that he’s cool on the ball and defends very well. That would be a fine start from my point of view.
“Top players like Harry are going to have the choice of some big, big clubs around Europe this summer.”
I was all for signing Maguire last summer on the back of his brilliant World Cup campaign with England, but back then I was in the minority.
Twelve months later I’d be surprised if more fans haven’t come around to the idea. Maguire isn’t the quickest, but he’s great in the air, tough in the tackle and good with the ball at his feet.
United need that composure back there and although Leicester won’t want to let him go, if United compensate them adequately by giving them a big transfer fee, I’d feel fairly confident we can get the deal done.
Maguire’s signing would be the start of getting back to having a core group of English players within that dressing room, and as soon as he walks through the doors, the 26-year-old would instantly improve our starting line-up.